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FAU’s New Board of Trustees Appointments

BOCA RATON, FL (June 20, 2011) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Angela M. Graham-West, Ph.D., Abdol Moabery ʻ94 and Julius “Butch” Teske, Ph.D., to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees (BOT). This marks the first term on FAU’s Board for all three appointments, which end in January 2016.

The BOT, a 13-member group, are responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the University’s mission, the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information and the provision of input regarding state policy, budgeting and education standards.

“Trustees Graham-West, Moabery and Teske all have notable credentials, and have made substantial contributions to their communities,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “I look forward to working with each of them as we move FAU into the future, raising the University’s profile in the areas of teaching, research and service.”

Graham-West, of Plantation, is a financial advisor for Raymond James and Associates, Inc. She also has worked as a consultant with Clairol/Bristol Myers Squibb, AT&T and Home Depot. Graham-West has served as an assistant professor and international research fellow for Kansas State University’s business school and the International Trade Institute. Graham-West is a member of the National Association of University Professors, as well as of the Congressional Club, the Congressional Spouses Club and the Palm Beach Republican Club. She received a Ph.D. in education from Kansas State University, a Master’s of Business Administration in finance from Long Island University, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in finance from Kansas State University. She succeeds former FAU BOT member Nancy Blosser.

“It is a reward and honor to serve on the Board of Trustees for Florida Atlantic University,” said Graham-West. “I look forward to working with President Saunders and the rest of the board to promote higher education and the continued success of FAU.”

Moabery, of Delray Beach, is the president and chief executive officer of GA Telesis LLC, a global leader in commercial aerospace. He previously served as executive vice president of Aviation Systems International, Inc., and as director of marketing and sales at C-S Aviation Services, Inc. Moabery and his wife are also philanthropists of various organizations, including His House Children’s Home, Kids in Distress, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Food for the Poor, the ISTAT Foundation, the Factor Foundation and the March of Dimes. Moabery serves on the FAU Stadium Leadership Committee, is president of the Wings Club Scholarship Fund and serves as an adviser to several national and local children’s charities. An honorably discharged veteran from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve, Moabery received his bachelor’s degree in international business management from FAU. He succeeds former FAU BOT member Rajendra Gupta.

"I am honored to be named a Florida Atlantic University trustee,” said Moabery. “Over the past 20 years, I have watched this wonderful institution grow at an exciting pace. Now, I am looking forward to serving the FAU community and taking part in the university’s future first hand.”

Teske, of Vero Beach, is a retired assistant superintendent for human resources for the School District of Indian River County. He also served as interim superintendent of schools, as well as a middle school principal for the School District of Indian River County. An honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army who received several high-honor awards for military service, Teske is a current officer of the Vietnam Veterans of Florida, Florida Association for School Administrators and the Treasure Coast Personnel Association. He also is a former board member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, as well as a past officer of Phi Delta Kappa and the Knights of Columbus. Teske received a doctorate in educational management and leadership administration from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a master’s degree in guidance counseling and psychology and a bachelor’s degree in social science with a minor in health/physical education and military science from Murray State University in Kentucky. He succeeds Robert Stilley, current chair of the FAU BOT, who was recently reappointed to the board by the Florida Board of Governors.

“I’ve served the community and students of Indian River County for more than 36 years,” said Teske. “I would like to continue that challenge for many years as I move into the university setting and serve all the citizens of the region to the best of my ability.”


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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